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16
Jul
18

Thai grilled shrimp

Marinade the shrimp :

  • 2 Tablespoon Thai Seasoning Paste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoon cilantro (fresh/dried)
  • sea salt (to taste)

Blend or process the above, about 1/2 lb shrimp (heads on preferred), added and let stand 30 minutes at the most. Grille skewered shrimp preferred, or broil just till pink with slight char. Serve.

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Tasty shrimp, the shells give a pleasant crunch and the combo of the marinade gives the shrimp a sweet almost tomato taste, not hot spicy but sweet spice flavor. I have used the same marinade with thin cut chicken breast with good results as it’s different than the usual BBQ rub and  sauce.

15
Jul
18

Thai spice paste

  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin (ground/seed)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoon pepper (triple blend black,white,  Szechuan)
  • 2 Teaspoon red pepper (dried hot red pepper)
  • 1 Teaspoon lemongrass (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic (minced/granulated)
  • 2 Tablespoon ginger (minced/ dried)
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (palm or unprocessed)

the above is the basic ingredients , some were (substituted) and the measured amounts can vary.

Basically all ingredients minced by the food processor into a paste.

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Stored in a mason jar for use, marinade and seasonings.

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11
Jul
18

shopping

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Most nonperishable items are now purchased online and delivered, shipping usually free. Items purchased online are not available for the “savings catcher” program even though the packing list /reciept has a TC bar code.

The fresh food available at the asian market offers a wide selection of fruit, vegetables and other culinary items. Seafood is 1/2 lb shrimp w/head. Meat is chicken breast @ 1.79/lb.

 

11
Jul
18

broccoli and mushroom fried rice

Boil some rice like pasta in water, when cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Saute mushrooms, here shitake and brown beech mushrooms, then saute thiny sliced brocolli . Return the rice to the pan, splash with soy sauce, then sesame oil. , season with salt and pepper, serve. You could also steam the brocolli for softer bite.IMG_5361

 

03
Jul
18

soups

Several drafts to publish of previous cooking fall under the category of soup so here they are in one posting. A vegetable fresh soup is similar in prep to a salad. Even with the hot weather it seems that a bowl of soup has a cooling effect.

Veggie broth with porcupine meatballs

The porcupine meatballs was from a recipe originally with a sweet tomato sauce.

Not too many ingredients in the meatballs let the flavor of the meat be present.

  • 1 lb. meat (I used pork for this recipe).
  • 3/4 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 egg
  • 3 green onion minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds

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Minced up the meat and additives in a food processor, I gave the rice a quick buzz to break into smaller pieces. Jasmine rice not available. The minced meatball mix  was refrigerated as I prepare some vegetable broth.

Using a scooper, it’s easy to make the meatballs.

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Broth to the simmer, with the meatballs till cooked

Plate up hot broth, meatballs, thin cut veggies and noodle.

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Minced chicken soup

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Another recipe using rice flour noodle

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Chicken Gizzard Soup

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Whats good with soup, my daughters recipe for Zaatar Twists, just use puff pastry

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02
Jul
18

Sweet Vietnamese Coffee

In an effort to eliminate a lot of un needed beverages from my diet , the coffee that is consumed usually is from green sourced beans. One recent favorite is using green robusta beans small batch roasted in an hot air type popcorn popper.

Fresh ground is the second freshness, each serving is ground as demand and such a small amount utilises a mortar and pestile.

Grind to fine grind


Portion control lets you measure, and compare with different grinds and different beans and be in control of the beverage.

Nothing fancy here for brewing equipment. A reusable mesh filter bag from beer making supplies, easy to clean and reuse.

A hario dropper cone, over the cup will fit under the Kuerig machine.


 Large cup selection, the temperature and amount is fixed, no neeed to heat water from kettle.

All inserts have been removed from the Kuerig, so the water splashes onto the ground  beans.

Finish with condensed sweet milk, this will bring up the sweetness of the cup yet retain the earthy flavor of the robusta.


A bit of a stir and adjust sweetness to your liking.

02
Jul
18

Garden update

Hydroponics: same as last year even with only 2 plants , the leaves started wilting . The massive root ball seems to be too big for the size on the reservoir. Possible next year a single Dutch bucket system for each tomato plant. Shifted to a recirculating system to add more capacity to the nutrients and require less topping off as the growth rate increases the more nutrients are used some days topping off at twice  a day. I occasionally trimmed the plants of shoots , but even just two plants, they grew massive main shoots from the base and went into the budding stages quickly. Don’t know if the plants will survive and continue during the heat wave, as of now none no substantial browning of the leaves buds are intact. Overall I like the type of tomato larger than last years cherry type. We will see about the taste when ripe.  addendum: some of the shoots have regained their strength while some have browned.

Conventional gardening: One of the tomato plants, hydroponically started was transplanted to soil, a small piece of weed stop fabric was used at the base. The growth rate was a bit slower than the hydro system, but there is no signs of stress on the plant. Soil temp is of course cooler than the exposed hydro reservoir. Continued to feed and water it with about the same nutrients as the hydro system. Roughly looks about the same or a bit less fruiting than the hydro system.

If it’s July then it raspberry picking time. No maintenance per say  on the bushes in the yard.  They  have spread into 2 different areas , during the off season they were mowed with a buffer zone between them. One section receives more sun that the other. About a 15 minute pick time today at high noon heat and sun, the midday siesta broken by the occasional sound of mowers, weed wackers and blowers in the hood. Good  harvest, some berries falling from the canes as I move them,  possibly an earlier pick might have yielded more but those on the garden floor may be for the birds or propagation. Today is a 12 ounce yield. July 03 , 1 lb 5oz. July 06 1 lb, 10 3/8 oz. July 08, 1 lb. 11 oz. July 12: 1 lb 2 oz

The berry bushes , side yard, have produced some berries but they quickly disappeared , managed to eat a few while mowing the yard a week or two before. The Viking aronia have some berries may be less than last year. Two cherry bushes have blossomed one is recovering when it got ran over by driving my pickup to the rear door when the basement clean out was underway severing one of the main shoots. After nutrient feed, many base shoots have sprung.

It seems to me through the years the different type of the fruit producing plants either raspberries, tomato or bush cherries have their annual “day in the sun” as far as fruit production.




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